Sport Calgary Extends Support to "Respect in Sport"

CALGARY, Alberta — Sport Calgary and the City of Calgary today expressed strong support to Hockey Calgary for its recent stand on zero tolerance of bad behaviour in the rink.

Sport Calgary understands that sport can teach respect, sportsmanship, teamwork, and inclusion to athletes, coaches, officials, and parents. “We unequivocally support the Respect in Sport programs,” says Murray Sigler, Executive Director & CEO of Sport Calgary. “These programs are mandatory for many sport groups and Sport Calgary encourages the implementation of these programs for all members of sport organizations. Thank you to Hockey Calgary for taking this stand and we encourage all sport organizations and groups to abide by this standard.”

Kyle Ripley, Acting Director Calgary Recreation, agrees, “Everyone should be treated with respect. We will always stand by the values of respect, integrity, and inclusion that sport can bring.”

In difficult or stressful economic times, sport is more important than ever for its ability to foster community and bring people together. Sport Calgary strongly encourages fans and participants at all levels of sport to embrace the inclusive principles of the Respect in Sport programs, to keep sport a safe, positive, source of joy and camaraderie for all Calgarians. See respectinsport.com for more information about this important topic.

For more information on Sport Calgary’s support of this situation, please contact Catriona Le May Doan, Senior Director Community Engagement, at cldoan@sportcalgary.ca or Fraser Tingle, Communications Specialist, at ftingle@sportcalgary.ca or 403.387.7772 ext.1

For more information on The City of Calgary’s support of this situation, please contact Greg Steinraths, Manager Sport and Partnership Development, at gregory.steinraths@calgary.ca.

Evans Hunt